One thing you can't help but notice after hearing both albums is how unimaginative Menace's beats sometimes are. Electric Horizon suffers most from this fact, especially when its song structures are laid bare, as they are on the title track, "Eglecy," the anemic "Schnulzepspiel" and album opener "Falling Star." Most of the the album is built on a straight and steady 4/4 pulse that never really changes, which makes it feel somehow immobile. The dynamics that are present come from the arpeggiated, Blade Runner-esque pads that layer on top of one another, a trick that's especially effective on "Trusting Me," "eFeel" and the Italo-flavored (and quite gorgeous) "We Are."
Features mostly goes for a more pop-influenced, four-minute song format, helped along by a cast of distinguished vocalists. Barely lasting 180 seconds, the Chelonis R. Jones collaboration "Voodoo Dilate" is a straight-to-the-point exercise in concision that benefits from the singer's overbearing persona, as does "Trusting Me," featuring the ubiquitous Robert Owens, and "2Nite4U" with the legendary Romanthony (although this one's weird mastering makes it stand out awkwardly from the rest). Tracks with members from Simian, The Glass and The Presets press the right indie dance buttons. "Love is Everywhere" (with Lawrence LT Thompson from Kiki Twins), on the other hand, is so plainly cheesy and excessive it might not sound out of place at the end of a Swedish House Mafia set. There are legitimate thrills to be had on both Electric Horizon and Features, albeit predictable and straightforward ones.